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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In La Tuna Canyon, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. La Tuna Canyon, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN La Tuna Canyon, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN La Tuna Canyon, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent La Tuna Canyon, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN La Tuna Canyon, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in La Tuna Canyon, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN La Tuna Canyon, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in La Tuna Canyon, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in La Tuna Canyon, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN La Tuna Canyon, CA?

Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @

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Easter Egg Hunt & Garden Open House 2022: Betina's Little Farm, Sun Valley

Easter Egg Hunt & Garden Open HouseSunday, April 10, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Betina's Little Farm, 10442 La Tuna Canyon Road, Sun Valley, CAFrom ...

Easter Egg Hunt & Garden Open House

Sunday, April 10, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Betina's Little Farm, 10442 La Tuna Canyon Road, Sun Valley, CA

From Betina's Little Farm:

"When I started my butterfly garden, I knew I had to share it with others and I decided to have a garden tour annually.

"Covid hit and things changed. The little farm started and the place has grown. Now that we are back to kinda normal, I want to have to open house again.

"This year, we are going to incorporate it around Easter time so that means Easter egg hunt!!

"How this will work: the event will start at 10. If you are coming with children for the egg hunt, that will start at 10:30. All kids signing in for the egg hunt will get a basket, or you can bring one of your own.

"There will be 2 areas, one for kids 8 and older and one for toddlers to 7 years.

"This is just a rough breakdown. They can go with whatever group they feel more comfortable with.

"When they are done collecting eggs, they can bring their basket back to the sign in table and swap their basket for a goodie bag. If they are using their own basket, then they will swap the eggs for a goodie bag.

"After the egg hunt the rest of the day is a come-and-go-type of event. Come for part or stay for all. Enjoy the garden. Visit with the critters, check out the new butterfly flight house and visit our little store filled with hand made, by yours truly, jewelry, art and other gifts.

"It will be a fun and exciting day! I highly encourage you to sign up through the website to RSVP. The website is betinaslittlefarm.com

"You can also let me know here, too. I am so happy to be able to share my place with all of you again."

INFO & RSVP LINKS HERE

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These are L.A.’s new million-dollar neighborhoods

There have never been so many $1-million houses.No longer limited to Santa Monica, the Hollywood Hills or the beach towns of Orange County, the $1-million house is popping up across Southern California, spurred by demand for bigger spaces during the pandemic and the resulting surge in home prices.In 55 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the typical house is now valued at $1 million or more, according to Zillow, which defines typical as the average of roughly the middle one-third of home values i...

There have never been so many $1-million houses.

No longer limited to Santa Monica, the Hollywood Hills or the beach towns of Orange County, the $1-million house is popping up across Southern California, spurred by demand for bigger spaces during the pandemic and the resulting surge in home prices.

In 55 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the typical house is now valued at $1 million or more, according to Zillow, which defines typical as the average of roughly the middle one-third of home values in a given area. Seventeen of those places — including Altadena, Torrance and Fountain Valley — surpassed $1 million since March 2020, when COVID-19 began to grip the United States.

In the city of Los Angeles, the neighborhoods that crossed the $1-million threshold for the first time are largely in three areas: northeast Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Here are L.A.'s 15 new million-dollar neighborhoods, in alphabetical order:

Arlington Heights

With its central location, Arlington Heights is one of the earliest neighborhoods on this list to reach the $1-million mark, hitting it in April 2020 just after lockdown orders were issued. Space is at a premium there, so most homes are two stories tall, and there’s an even mix of single-family homes, duplexes and multifamily properties.

Atwater Village

A long, slender neighborhood that runs along Griffith Park and the L.A. River, Atwater Village got the “trendy” tag in the last decade — and prices rose as a result. Its housing stock can be divided into two types: old homes in need of some work listed for less than $1 million, and remodeled units that developers are flipping for anywhere from $1.2 million to $1.7 million.

Crenshaw

Home values in the South L.A. neighborhood of Crenshaw have doubled in the last decade. Bungalows and low-rise condo complexes are popular in the residential area, where one- and two-bedroom condos list for around $300,000 and $600,000, respectively, and remodeled homes sell for well over $1.5 million.

Eagle Rock

A $1-million neighborhood as of November, Eagle Rock offers a quiet, suburban vibe nestled against the northeast border of Los Angeles. There’s a handful of bungalows up for grabs in the $900,000 range, but most homes with more than 1,500 square feet will run well north of $1 million.

Echo Park

Whatever it is you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it among the dense streets of Echo Park. Another neighborhood rising in trendiness in recent years, it has plenty of fixer-uppers as well as fresh flips that often list for $2 million or more.

Glassell Park

Yet another hilly northeast L.A. neighborhood to join the club, Glassell Park has more empty lots on the market than homes. Those that are for sale usually resemble a bungalow and cost $800,000 to $1.3 million.

Hermon

As bidding wars rage for the homes of Highland Park, it’s no surprise that Hermon, the tiny neighborhood that sits just south of it, is growing more expensive as well, with a typical home value of $1.1 million.

Highland Park

The homes of Highland Park have risen in value 37.5% more than in the city of L.A. as a whole since 2012, and there are no signs of a slowdown. Two-bedroom bungalows may list for less than $1 million, but bidding wars throughout the pandemic often drove the final price up hundreds of thousands of dollars.

La Tuna Canyon

La Tuna Canyon features 400-square-foot shacks on the same street as 3,000-square-foot estates. After years of steady price increases, the typical home value breached $1 million in March.

Leimert Park

Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture is alive and well in Leimert Park, a South L.A. neighborhood developed in the 1920s. Older properties usually list in the $700,000 range, while the slick remodels might fetch $1.1 million.

Mount Washington

Spread across the San Rafael Hills, Mount Washington’s homes with good views have consistently gained value over the last decade. There’s lots of land available if you’re looking to build something from scratch, and also a decent number of two- and three-bedroom homes listed for less than $1 million.

Porter Ranch

Porter Ranch is the most recent San Fernando Valley neighborhood to join the million-dollar club, with the typical home value hitting more than $1 million in May. The winding streets are lined with tract homes built since the 1960s, and today those homes sell for $700,000 to $3 million.

Shadow Hills

The Valley is slowly welcoming more and more $1-million neighborhoods, and Shadow Hills joined the list in April. Of the 12 homes on the market there as of Tuesday 9/21, most are bigger than 2,000 square feet — and if you’re willing to pay more than $1 million, you can usually get an equestrian estate with a riding arena for your horses.

West Adams

One of the more architecturally interesting neighborhoods on this list, West Adams features $600,000 fixer-uppers on the same streets as modern duplexes and triplexes that sell for nearly $2 million. It’s also the most recent area to join the club, hitting the $1-million mark in July, a decade after the typical home value was just $319,844.

Woodland Hills

Like many of its San Fernando Valley counterparts, Woodland Hills has plenty of space and views, with a handful of homes nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Condos start at $300,000, but the American dream house — that single-family home with a white picket fence and front yard — costs between $1 million and $3 million.

Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 14-21

Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings in the San Fernando Valley.Feb. 14Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering the meetings on Zoom. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link and other information. 818-884-4013....

Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings in the San Fernando Valley.

Feb. 14

Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering the meetings on Zoom. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link and other information. 818-884-4013.

Feb. 15

Tuesday Evening Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “A Free Life” by Ha Jin, 6 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Barbara Lockwood at blockwood@calabasaslibrary.org (put “Tuesday Evening Book Club” in the subject line). 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. 818-225-7616. Details: bit.ly/3pLKag1

Arleta Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3HKelKx. By phone, 833-548-0282 and use ID: 82790215155 and press #. arletanc.org

Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3nZDkjt. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 97941372867 and press #. Voice mail, 818-971-9134. Email: info@gtlnc.org. www.gtlnc.org

Feb. 16

Wednesday Morning Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow, 11 a.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Karilyn Steward at ksteward@calabasaslibrary.org (put “Wednesday Morning Book Club” in the subject line). 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. 818-225-7616. Details: bit.ly/3pLKag1

Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library: Discusses “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, 1:30-3 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to grnhls@lapl.org (put “Feb. 16 Book Club” in the subject line). 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. Details here: bit.ly/3LroE8E

Film Fanatics with Calabasas Library: Watch the Sidney Poitier film “Free of Eden” (1999) and “A Small Act” (2010, documentary) in advance of the meeting by using your Calabasas Library or Los Angeles Public Library to access Hoopla. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Karilyn Steward at ksteward@calabasaslibrary.org (put “Film Fanatics” in the subject line). www.cityofcalabasas.com/government/library/links-resources/film-fanatics

Ask the Psychiatrist Night: National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys present a question-and-answer session with Dr. Davin Augustines, from Olive View Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital, 7-8:45 p.m., online on Zoom. Join the meeting here: bit.ly/3LqaULj. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and Passcode: 692327. Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups, www.namisfv.org

Northridge East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website on how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-527-2913. Email: info@nenc-la.org. nenc-la.org

Studio City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting with guest speaker is Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman, Council District 4, 7 p.m. Send a question for Raman to: board@studiocitync.org. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/2U2pkLx. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 97198762934 and press #. Voice mail, 818-655-5400. Email: board@studiocitync.org. www.facebook.com/StudioCityNC; studiocitync.org

Feb. 17

Burbank African Violet Society: Guest speaker Lili Singer, a horticulturist and garden writer, discusses “Adding California Natives to Your Garden,” 10 a.m. The meeting includes a silent auction and a raffle. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 661-940-3990. burbankafricanviolets.weebly.com

Children’s Bureau – Resource Parents Online Orientations: Learn how to help children in the foster care system by becoming a resource parent or how to become adoptive parents with a talk by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent, 4-5 p.m. Request the Zoom live meeting link or a learn-at-your-own-pace online presentation, by sending an email to rfrecruitment@all4kinds.org. 800-730-3933. Details about the orientations: www.all4kids.org/programs/family-foster-care-and-adoption. Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here: all4kids.org

Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here https://www.zoom.us/ and use ID: 4582562383. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use the ID and press #. Foothill Trails District includes Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and La Tuna Canyon. Voice mail, 818-353-2000. www.ftdnc.org

North Hills West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-903-2259. Email: board@nhwnc.net. Facebook: bit.ly/35EJ5vK. www.nhwnc.net

Feb. 19

Chatsworth Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Social time, 9:30 a.m., followed by a meeting, 10 a.m. Speakers Kathie Bickers, Grace Munro and Jane Penn discuss “Our Patriots.” Send an email to request an invitation as a guest and the meeting location to Kathleen Schwartzman at chatsworthchapterdar@gmail.com. Masks are required. Information about the group, chatsworth.californiadar.org

Transforming the Heart Through a Meditation Practice – Online Workshop: Longtime meditator Doug Frankel discusses the topic and leads a short meditation, 11 a.m. Feb. 19. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Marc at mschatkun@lapl.org (put “Feb. 19 Meditation” in the subject line). The workshop is presented by Platt Branch Library, Woodland Hills. Details: bit.ly/3gHaL8k

Feb. 23

Classics Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library: Discusses “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, 1:30-3 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to grnhls@lapl.org (put “Classics Book Club” in the subject line). 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. Details: bit.ly/3JpDSZR

Feb. 24

Turning Down the Volume on Worry – Managing Cancer-Related Anxiety: Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology holds a workshop on the topic, 9:30-11 a.m. Clinicians Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, and Danna Kober discuss the topic for cancer patients and survivors and loved ones. Register in advance for the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3rHDTT2. 310-794-6644. www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu

Cover-to-Cover Book Club with Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant, 6 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to npholana@lapl.org (put “Cover-to-Cover Book Club” in the subject line). 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills. 818-895-3650. Details: bit.ly/3rFoYJ8

Charity and Volunteer

American Red Cross Los Angeles Region: Seeking volunteers for Transportation Specialists (www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/deliver-blood.html) and also Disaster Action Team Member (www.redcross.org/volunteer/disaster-action-team.html).

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for a clean-up project in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com

Northridge Woman’s Club Spring Fundraiser for the LAPD K-9 Division: Event includes lunch, entertainment and shopping, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14. Admission $75. Reservations and pre-payment required in advance as soon as possible. The event is held at Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills. Call to make a reservation and for questions about the event, Joyce Sipes, 818-429-8468. www.northridgewomansclub.com

Volunteers needed for Triumph Foundation’s Wheelchair Sports Festival: Volunteers will help at the festival on April 30 and May 1 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20780 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Sponsors for the event are also needed. Send an email, info@triumph-foundation.org. Participants may sign up now, and for more information: www.triumph-foundation.org/wsf

Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.

‘Dangerous enemy aliens’ ​were once imprisoned here. Now, a sign is ‘evidence’ of a dark history

Unlike many other landmarks, Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 1039 does not demarcate an architecturally significant structure, a century-old house, or the former home of a historical figure. Instead, it marks a one-acre grove of mature oak trees — all that remains of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station.But it’s here, just north of the 210 freeway in Tujunga, that more than 2,000 primarily Japanese American individuals were imprisoned during World War II. From 1941 until 1943, the Tuna Canyon Detention Station served as a w...

Unlike many other landmarks, Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 1039 does not demarcate an architecturally significant structure, a century-old house, or the former home of a historical figure. Instead, it marks a one-acre grove of mature oak trees — all that remains of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station.

But it’s here, just north of the 210 freeway in Tujunga, that more than 2,000 primarily Japanese American individuals were imprisoned during World War II. From 1941 until 1943, the Tuna Canyon Detention Station served as a waystation of sorts, where men labeled by the government as “dangerous enemy aliens” were brought and temporarily housed before being sent to internment camps around the country.

On Thursday morning, the city Department of Transportation will install a beige and brown sign at the intersection of La Tuna Canyon Road, Tujunga Canyon Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue, marking Monument No. 1039 and labeling it as a World War II confinement site. All evidence of the detention center had been razed by 1960, when the site was converted into the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Though the mere act of adding signage may seem small, it has been nearly five years since the site was officially added to the city’s Register of Historic Cultural Monuments by the Los Angeles City Council. Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and David Ryu introduced the motion for the marker.

“It’s like evidence that we were here, so to speak,” Nancy Kyoko Oda, one of the driving forces behind the campaign, said of the sign.

The 72-year-old retired elementary school principal is a self-described “child of the camps.” Oda was born at Tule Lake camp in Northern California, one of 10 permanent relocation centers where Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forcibly housed during World War II. Approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent, roughly two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were incarcerated by the federal government during this dark chapter of the nation’s history.

“The first wave — according to the diaries and letters and poems I have — were mainly people with influence, like Buddhist and Shinto priests, successful business people, newspaper journalists.”

— Nancy Kyoko Oda

The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service opened Tuna Canyon Detention Station on Dec. 16, 1941, less than two weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The site had been a work camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal-era federal public works program. Constructed by army contractors in 1933, the camp’s buildings, including seven barracks and a mess hall, were in use by the CCC until the fall of 1941. All that was added was 12-foot-high barbed wire fence and lighting enclosing the entire compound.

“Most people stayed only two weeks,” Oda said of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. “They were moved here, and then they were moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bismarck, North Dakota, Crystal City, Texas,” Oda continued, naming the locations of a number of Justice Department detention camps.

According to Oda, the detainees arrived in waves, with the first group including prominent community members.

“The first wave — according to the diaries and letters and poems I have — were mainly people with influence, like Buddhist and Shinto priests, successful business people, newspaper journalists.”

The detainees were largely Japanese American, although their numbers also included individuals of Italian, German, and Japanese-Peruvian descent.

“We are prohibited to go within 10 feet of the fence, and it is most painful to be cut off from the outside world,” Daisho Tana, a teacher and Buddhist priest wrote in a March 1942 diary entry.

The path to landmark status was far from simple. The site, which was used as a county boys’ probation school from the mid-1940s until the early 1950s, was then purchased by a group of doctors with big plans for a golf course. According to a Department of City Planning report, all the original buildings were demolished in 1960 when the site reopened as the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.

According to Oda, there was often familial stigma around internment. “Most of the Japanese Americans and Japanese chose not to speak about it,” she said, though her own family did discuss their time imprisoned at Tule Lake. Lingering shame and limited access to records (wartime documents related to the camp weren’t declassified until the 1990s) curtailed public knowledge of the Crescenta Valley golf course’s dark history.

Local historians like Lloyd Hitt — a retired Sunland pharmacist, Korean War veteran, and former president of Sunland-Tujunga’s Little Landers Historical Society — played a pivotal role in raising awareness about Tuna Canyon Detention Station, and gathering information on its history. Hitt also helped push for preservation status after Snowball West Investments purchased the golf course in 2004 and announced plans a few years later to convert the golf course into a several-hundred unit housing complex.

But what, exactly, was there to preserve? The watchtower, barbed-wire perimeter fence, and barracks had already been gone for more than a half-century when the historic-cultural monument application came before the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission in April 2013. The commission unanimously rejected the application, arguing that the site failed to meet the criteria for historic designation since none of the physical buildings associated with the camp remained.

But the City Council, led by then-Councilmember Richard Alarcon, overturned the commission’s decision, voting unanimously in June 2013 to grant landmark status to a one-acre plot of the site where the oak trees date back to the site’s World War II-era incarnation as a detention center.

Developer Snowball West Investments brought a lawsuit seeking to reverse the historic-cultural monument designation that same year. According to attorney Fred Gaines, who represents Snowball West, “that case is still pending.”

The Verdugo Hills Golf Course closed in December 2016, and an environmental impact report for the 220-unit future housing development is still being finalized. Gaines said that the project had been redesigned to avoid the landmark grove.

The Fire and the Trail: A Changed Perspective on Changing Trails

In my little corner of Orange County, California, a microcosm of the mountain biking world, lies a trail called Santiago Truck Trail. It is a humble trail, consisting mainly of a steady climb used by hikers and bikers to access the Santa Ana mountains on the eastern border of the county. For mountain bikers, it is the only access point to one of the most iconic, popular downhill runs in the area, ...

In my little corner of Orange County, California, a microcosm of the mountain biking world, lies a trail called Santiago Truck Trail. It is a humble trail, consisting mainly of a steady climb used by hikers and bikers to access the Santa Ana mountains on the eastern border of the county. For mountain bikers, it is the only access point to one of the most iconic, popular downhill runs in the area, The Luge. For this reason, the Santiago Truck Trail is used thousands of times a year, and most local riders, myself included, know every inch of the trail. Case in point: the Strava segment for a 3.5 mile section of the trail has registered over 13,200 riders since 2010.

I was in dismay when I heard the trail was “destroyed,” shortly after the 2020 Bond Fire in nearby Silverado Canyon. I later got clarification it was not destroyed, rather it was widened and graded to provide a fire break and fire-fighting access. As soon as the area reopened, I went for a ride. And I almost cried. The beautiful, winding singletrack, with its tricky little sections, fun downhill segments, and tough climbs, was gone. Devastated, I traversed the wide, boring fire road up until I reached a new moto gate. Beyond the gate, the trail was largely the same as before. Also, thankfully, the Luge was intact.

Throughout 2021, as I continued to use Santiago Truck Trail, there was a little ache in my heart as I remembered the old singletrack. However, I also began to feel like I might be missing something. It felt selfish of me to only consider how I, as a rider, felt about this one section of trail. Shouldn’t I be looking at the big picture; at the greater public need for safety during a time of epic, destructive fire seasons? I decided to educate myself. And boy was I in for a re-adjustment of attitude.

According to John Gump, an OC Parks Operations Manager (and avid mountain biker), the trail actually lies in two different jurisdictions, with the first part being on county land and managed by OC Parks, and the second part being on Cleveland National Forest land and managed by the U.S. Forest Service. I also spoke with volunteer Jason Bennett, who does extensive trail work for the Forest Service, OC Parks, and the Laguna Canyon Foundation. To the best of his knowledge, the Santiago Truck Trail originated from fire roads. Not only that, the county-owned section used to be owned by a winery, and was eventually purchased by the county to ensure access to the forest for mountain bikers.

The trail has evolved significantly over time in response to fires, rains, and human effort, and was even completely closed for almost two years following a fire in 2007. I spoke with county officials, Forest Service officials, members of the SHARE Mountain Bike Club, and volunteers, who by and large do the maintenance on the trail, with the exception of heavy equipment grading and widening.

In general, the consensus was that the county-owned section of trail — the part widened and graded in response to the 2020 fire — will continue to be maintained as a fire break to protect existing and future homes. However, there was no consensus on how often that might occur, leaving open the possibility that trail volunteers may be able to work with Mother Nature on restoring the trail back to glorious singletrack. That is, until the next fire.

As I digested all I had learned, I realized how I’d been riding my bike with hypothetical blinders on. There is so much history and evolution behind these trail systems that I take for granted. Unfortunately, trail evolution can also involve politics and charged emotion, particularly when it comes to fire damage and climate change. Mountain bike trails, by their very nature, are man-made alterations to the natural landscape, and as a result can never be expected to remain the same. Living in California, it is not a matter of if a particular trail will be affected by fire, but when. CalFire reports 2020 was the largest fire season in modern California history, and in January 2021 alone, more than three times the fires burned than the 5-year-average for the month.

As riders, we should be aware there is a constant flux between shaping and maintaining the trails for our personal enjoyment, letting nature have her way, and serving the interests of public safety.

“It is important to remember that many (certainly not all) singletrack trails were service or recreation roads first before growing back to singletracks,” Gump said, “so before we curse the roads let’s remember that without them, we wouldn’t have some of our most prized singletracks.”

My takeaway from my Santiago Truck Trail experience is to step back a moment before reacting with dismay or anger at the state of a trail I love. When I ride it now, there is still admittedly a little melancholy as I remember how it used to be. As I ride a smooth section or a gentle curve, I think, “gee, this is where that fun little rocky rut used to be,” or “oh man, this is where that sketchy off-camber bit was.”

I am not angry about it. I’ve accepted there is a history to each trail, a natural and man-made evolution, which is what makes riding trails so dynamic and fun. Plus, as a friend pointed out, the wide path makes it easier for friends to ride alongside one another.

I’ve also learned there is a strong likelihood that there are forces at work behind the scenes of each trail, such as amazing volunteers who may be awaiting the next rain before doing some trail work, or the fire department protecting homes from future fires. I’ve found getting educated about my local trails will make me a better advocate for their preservation, while also acknowledging they will, inevitably, evolve.

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